Brennan: Always Better to Capture, Not Kill, Terrorists
Dianne Feinstein has to clear the room as CIA nominee testifies on drones
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2013 3:46 PM CST
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(Newser) – John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to run the CIA, went to Capitol Hill today and defended the US drone strategy he helped engineer as Obama's top counterterror adviser. The drone strikes are necessary, he testified, because the US remains "at war" with al-Qaeda and other terrorists bent on attacking the US, reports AP. They're also legal and carefully monitored, he added. Some highlights:

  • Protesters cleared: Code Pink protesters repeatedly interrupted Brennan early, prompting Dianne Feinstein to order the room cleared, reports Politico. Sample slogans and signs: “Brennan = war criminal,” "Mrs. Feinstein, are your children more important than the children of Pakistan and Yemen?" "Don't drone me, bro," and "Assassination is against the Constitution."

  • Kill or capture? When Saxby Chambliss suggested Brennan thought it was better to kill a terrorist with a drone rather than capture him, Brennan responded, “I never believe it’s better to kill a terrorist than to detain him," reports the Washington Post.
  • Waterboarding: Brennan, who served in the CIA under George W. Bush, said he raised "personal objections" to waterboarding but didn't have the authority to stop it, reports USA Today. "Waterboarding is reprehensible and should not be used," he said. Asked whether such interrogation techniques helped lead to Osama bin Laden, he said, "I do not know what the truth is."

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logicaldood
Feb 10, 2013 5:13 PM CST
“Brennan = war criminal,” "Mrs. Feinstein, are your children more important than the children of Pakistan and Yemen?" "Don't drone me, bro," and "Assassination is against the Constitution." Don't drone me, bro--That's hilarious!! It is a matter of time before the government would think that it would be o.k. to use drones against it's own citizens here. It would not take much since Homeland Defense is using drones near the border. I would not have a problem with drone strikes against armed drug dealers in the desert.
logicaldood
Feb 10, 2013 5:10 PM CST
Barry bombed them because they did not want to come to the White House for a beer. How dare they turn down the almighty!
reallybig
Feb 8, 2013 12:41 PM CST
WHAT? ...... Brennan said, "I always thought it better to detain terrorists, than to kill them" .. that explains why the US kills the innocent men, women and children. --- Why fly the drones if you're not going to use them? The whole Obama Team are morons, idiots, and imbeciles, and the only one's who defend their actions, are other Democrat morons, idiots, and imbeciles. Use drones in the US to spy on the blacks, because they commit 85% of violent crimes, so 85% of them must be guilty of something. -------- REALLY